Let me begin by stating the facts: I am a die-hard Star Wars fan and I have been since I was a child. I loved the original three, and contrary to public opinion, I was also a massive fan of the prequels. I didn’t think they were all that bad. When they announced the new trilogy, I couldn’t wait to see them; especially since Disney now owns Lucas Films, the films could only get better and better, right?
The Force Awakens & The Last Jedi, in my opinion, were pretty great – just what I expected. I purchased tickets for TRoS weeks ahead of its release, knowing how great the last several movies were, and could not wait to see how they were going to wrap up this saga.
The best way I could describe the film is that they rushed it. Additionally, I thought every scene, dialogue, and plot point was so predictable it ruined the movie for me. I felt that the writers and director had several story arcs that they wanted to wrap up, which I understood as it’s the final movie in the trilogy but their execution could be better.
However, I think the actors’ performances were great. Adam Driver as Kylo Ren could not have been cast better in my opinion, and his performance has only gotten better in each movie. They introduced Keri Russell as Zorii Bliss for three quick scenes but again, it felt so rushed there was little or no back story about this new character like many other character additions introduced only now in the final movie. Scenes seemed predictable through the entire film to the point viewers could almost predict what was to come and the eventual outcome of the movie by about ¼ of the way through the movie. There has always been a subtle comedic undertone through all the Star Wars movies even the original trilogy but in The Rise of Skywalker, there were times when I felt the comedy overshadowed the action and suspense that the viewers have come to love. It was almost as though the writers felt the need to inject at least one thing funny in every scene, even when the scene didn’t call for it.
When I think about the movie overall, it reminds me of the last and final season of Game of Thrones from HBO – rushed and disappointing. As a die-hard fan, I am glad I went to see it and to anyone reading this review, I encourage you to see the movie still because we have all fallen in love with this story and these characters and it does give viewers a sense of closure. I wish they would have taken a little more time.